What Are Horned Melons and How to Grow Them 

Horned melons thrive in sunny, warm 70°F–90°F (21°C–32°C) climates. Because they are frost-sensitive, their fruiting season must be long and warm.  


Horned melons need organic, well-draining soil. They like soil pH 6.0–7.0's little acidity. Sandy loam or loamy soils stimulate growth and fruiting.  


Start horned melon seeds inside 4–6 weeks before the last frost. Biodegradable pots or seedling trays with seed-starting mix should be used. Maintain warm, moist soil and bright light for germination.  


Transplant horned melon seedlings outdoors after frost and soil temperatures reach 60°F (15°C). For abundant growth, position plants 3–5 feet apart in sunny, well-draining soil.  


Trellises, fences, and garden stakes help horned melon vines climb. Increase ventilation and minimize fruit spoilage by training vines to climb.  


Keep horned melon plants moist all season, especially during flowering and fruiting. Deep and regular irrigation keeps soil moist but not soggy. Avoid overhead irrigation to avoid fungus.  


Horned melon plants need half-strength balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4–6 weeks. Before planting, add compost or aged manure for nutrients.  


Bees help horned melon plants set fruit with male and female blooms. To attract bees and reduce chemical use, grow flowers in your yard.  


Horned melons mature 70–90 days after planting. Prepare green to yellow-orange fruits for harvest. Leave a short vine stem after grape harvesting.   


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